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January 2018

 President’s Remarks January 2018

First of all may I take this opportunity gentlemen, to wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year and trust that you all had an enjoyable Christmas, perhaps spending time with family and friends?  From all the positive comments I have received everyone appears to have enjoyed our Christmas lunch at the Manor Hotel. Many thanks to Ken Williamson and John Lowe, who helped with the preparations and proceedings. We have already made a provisional booking for the 7th December 2018 at the same venue.

“January brings the snow, makes your feet and fingers glow” say Flanders and Swann. It certainly has been wintry these last few weeks but its encouraging to see that the evenings are slowly drawing out again with the days gradually getting a little longer and I can already see the tips of snowdrops and crocuses just peeping through in the garden. January is traditionally a time when we reflect over the year just passed, with its highs and their associated happy memories and then sometimes its lows. But we look forward to the new year with a feeling of optimism, making plans; perhaps a holiday near or far; or making more use of our National Trust annual subscription involving more trips out or some minor adjustment to the garden to make it more manageable and less of a chore; redecorate a room or two to give them a fresh complexion; or join a local group, whether art or music appreciation or even consider singing in a choir!  Whatever you plan to do I sincerely hope you all gain a good measure of enjoyment and perhaps even a sense of fulfilment.

Finally on the home front Chris Brough is nearing the completion of his fourth session of treatment and he will be going for a review shortly.

Peter Lowe has had further blood tests to assess when or if he is able to commence his chemotherapy. Doreen tells me that he is currently awaiting notification from the hospital to have a further scan and blood test, following which a decision will be made as to whether he is able to start his treatment.

I look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting of the New Year on the 31stJanuary.

                                                                                     President Terry Dale

            Today’s speaker is  Mr. A Davis

whose subject is ‘Jack The Ripper’

Birthdays in February 2018

Alan Henshall, Bob Kay, Terry Cook, Derek Morris

And Roy Bailey.

Social Report January 2018

Happy New Year, Everyone.

It seems a long time since our Christmas Lunch at the Manor House, which was the last social event of 2017 and the start of the Christmas Festivities which are now all completed.

We now look forward to the New Year. A Seven Day Holiday has been arranged with Alfa Travel to the Queens Hotel Eastbourne, departing Sunday 1st April 2018. Price is expected to be around £260 per person. A £40.00 deposit per person and £18.00 insurance if required, to be collected at the meeting on Wednesday 31st January 2018. Please bring along your cheque book.

Enquiries are continuing for a group visit to Middleport Pottery and a Sunday Lunch at the Masonic Hall, Kidsgrove. A list will be circulated at the meeting next Wednesday to find out if there is sufficient interest.

Ken Williamson

Council Members Please Note:-

 Council meetings have now been rescheduled to take place at 10.00am on Wednesdays

Recent Additional Social Information

The Rotary Club Christmas Collection around the Kidsgrove area amounted to £9,500 (before expenses) and they send their thanks to those who took part in the collection. Probus members collected £316.51 outside Home Bargains, on the Saturday before Christmas, slightly down on last year, but still a worthwhile amount

A visit is being arranged to Woodford Aero Museum for either 6th or 20th of

March. Actual date and prices should be available at January’s meeting.

Luncheon Club

Terry Cook and Barry Rogerson are arranging the next Lunch Club meeting on Tuesday 20th February at The Legs of Man. A list will be circulated.

Club Photographer

Peter Lloyd has volunteered to be the official Club Photographer.

Christmas Lunch 2018

Planning ahead it will be on Friday 7th December 2018 at the Manor Hotel


The next club walk will be on Wednesday February 7th, meet as usual at 9.30 am on the tiered car park in Kidsgrove. We will be driving to Ford Green Hall where we will park and walk along the disused railway line.

Vice President

Volunteers are required for the above position, which is an essential position ensuring continuity of the club.


Next bowls event is at Biddulph Sports Centre on Tuesday February 13th.Further details from Len Dale.

Regards, Graham

Further information and events can be found in

‘Dates For Your Diary’, available on the Probus Web Site.

The Amateur Philosopher.

      A diamond is a chunk of coal 

            that made good under pressure         


Newsletter Editor

Chris Brough compiles and publishes the Probus Newsletter.

Articles of interest to members should be sent by Email to Chris at :-  or phone 01782 784075 in the first instance. For any inclusion in the next newsletter, articles should be delivered to the editor at least 10 days before the monthly meeting.

Our next Probus meeting is on

Wednesday 28th Of February 2018 at

Kidsgrove  Cricket Club, 9.30 for 10am.